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Inter-service/ inter-organisational information sharing in public service delivery Practices of confidentiality Professional ethics Being employed after a diagnosis of dementia Co-design of workplace support interventions Management of change

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Sue graduated in Ergonomics from Loughborough University and immediately joined its Human Sciences and Advanced Technology (HUSAT) Research Institute in 1979. She moved from there to the University of Plymouth in 2000 to become Research Fellow, evaluating partnership working in the Plymouth Health Action Zone where she developed a research interest in public sector management.

Having attained her MSc in Social Research with Distinction in 2003, Sue won an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) PhD studentship by open competition for a thesis on inter-agency information sharing in public services and was subsequently awarded her PhD in 2008, by which time Sue had joined Yorkshire Forward, the Yorkshire and Humber regional development agency as Evaluation Manager.

In January 2011, Sue went to the University of Bradford School of Management, initially as a post-doctoral researcher and from 2014 as Lecturer.

Sue joined the Department of Management in the Business School at the University of Huddersfield, as Senior Lecturer, in 2018. Sue also holds a PGC (Higher Education Practice) with distinction and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been a grant holder for two ESRC grants, one as Principal Investigator and one as a Co-Investigator.


Research Expertise and Interests

I have two main strands of research which appear unrelated but in fact have a lot in common. One is learning how to improve inter-service (or agency or organisation) information sharing in the delivery of public services. The other is understanding how to support organisations to create inclusive environments, specialising in the support of teams that include a member with a diagnosis of dementia. These two apparently disparate research areas have at least three things in common: a) understanding the experience of those with different perspectives within a workforce (or workforces), b) balancing sometimes conflicting models of professional ethics, c) managing organisational change. I am interested in research that focuses on the two main topics or the three aspects that combine them. 

External positions

Academic Advisor , Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing

2015 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • information sharing
  • dementia
  • public sector reform
  • inclusive work environment
  • professional ethics
  • partnership working
  • managing change

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Research Output 2002 2018

A Beginning and not the End: Work After a Diagnosis of Dementia

Williams, J., Richardson, S. & Draper, E., 1 Feb 2018, In : Work, Employment and Society. 32, 1, p. 219-229 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
12 Citations (Scopus)

Becoming the leader: Leadership as material presence

Ford, J., Harding, N., Gilmore, S. & Richardson, S., 1 Nov 2017, In : Organization Studies. 38, 11, p. 1553-1571 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Leadership theory
Mixed methods

Joining it up: Multi-professional information-sharing

Richardson, S., 2016, Developing Multi-professional Teamwork in Integrated Children's Services: Research, Policy, Practice . Frost, N. & Robinson, M. (eds.). 3 ed. London: Open University Press, p. 125-139 15 p. (UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Research Ethics in the UK: What Can Sociology Learn from Health?

Richardson, S. & McMullan, M., 2015, Research Ethics in Practice: Volume 2: Covert research. Scott-Jones, J. (ed.). London: Sage Publications Sage UK: London, England, Vol. 2. p. 203-221 19 p. (Research Ethics in Practice; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

39 Citations (Scopus)

Research ethics in the UK: What can sociology learn from health?

Richardson, S. & McMullan, M., 1 Dec 2007, In : Sociology. 41, 6, p. 1115-1132 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

research ethics
social research
health service